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Ecchymosis

AMBULATORY CARE:

Ecchymosis

is a collection of blood under the skin. Blood leaks from blood vessels and collects in nearby tissues. This can happen anywhere just below the skin, or in a mucus membrane, such as your mouth. Ecchymosis may appear as a large red, blue, or purple area of skin. You may also have pain or swelling in the area. Signs and symptoms may move to nearby body areas.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have new symptoms.
  • Your bruise suddenly gets bigger and feels hard.
  • The affected area does not improve within 2 weeks.
  • You have ecchymosis around your eye and you are having trouble seeing.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment

is usually not needed. Your healthcare provider may want you to have more tests to find the cause if you get ecchymosis often or it is painful. The medical condition causing ecchymosis may need to be treated. Your healthcare provider may stop or change a medicine that is causing your ecchymosis. The following may help relieve your symptoms:

  • Rest the area to help the tissues heal.
  • Apply ice to the area to relieve pain and swelling. Ice can also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a bag. Cover the ice pack or bag with a small towel before you apply it to your skin. Apply ice for 20 minutes every hour, or as directed.
  • Elevate the affected area to reduce swelling, and to improve circulation. Prop the area on pillows to keep it elevated above the level of your heart. Do this as often as possible.
  • NSAID medicines such as ibuprofen can help reduce pain and swelling. NSAIDs are available without a prescription. Ask your healthcare provider which medicine is right for you. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding and kidney damage if not taken correctly. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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